Thursday 17 May 2012

Fabric Trading

Are you desperately looking for an out of print fabric, or missing just a tiny amount that you need to finish that great quilt-in-progress?  Or trying to make a quilt composed entirely of kitten/fruit/kitchen utensil print fabric?

Or possibly you've been having a destash?  Are you looking at a piece of fabric and wondering how you could ever have loved it?

I was lying in bed last night wondering if there was an uncomplicated solution to these problems, that was blog-based and didn't need to be hosted.   So... I thought that I would propose the following idea and wondered if you might let me know what you think?

First, add a Fabric Trader page to your blog.  It can be empty right now but any time you are looking for, or offering fabric add a picture or description to the page and say whether it is Wanted or Offered fabric. 

Consider, and mention (maybe in the picture caption), whether you prefer:
  • a direct trade - fabric for fabric
  • whether fabric would be traded for the price of the postage (locally only, or internationally),
  • whether to trade fabric for something (small) made by the recipient, 
  • or if you would just be willing to send fabric free, gratis and for nothing out of the kindness of your heart (or the desire never to see it again). 
No items for sale - this is just for trading.

Then, add a Button to your blog to show that you are a Fabric Trader  (I'm a Fabric Trader, Twisted Fabric Trader! - sorry, silly Prodigy reference).  The button will link to your Fabric Trading page.   As it happens I have one here!   (You can try it out in my side bar.)  For a good tutorial on how to add a button see this.

<a href="YourFabricTradingPageURL" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="Fabric Trader" width="125" height="125" /></a>

All you have to do now is change the button HTML where it says YourFabricTradingPageURL.  Put in the url of your own Fabric Trading page so that anyone clicking the button is directed there.   (No reason why you should use this button, you can always design your own lovely!  Just make sure it points to your Fabric Trading page.)

Now you can mention in a post each time you add something to your Fabric Trader page.  Or, you can just let visitors check by clicking your button.

If you are offered a trade you don't want you can just explain thanks, it's not quite what you're looking for this time!   And if someone has sent you something, you could always credit them for their kindness in your blog, and perhaps give them another mention if you post pictures of your creation. 

Do you think this would work, or have I somehow have missed a similar scheme?


  1. I think it is a great idea!

  2. I think it's a great idea and will be working to set up my trading page asap. :-)

  3. Your the insitigator, twistered instigator.
    Nice idea :)

  4. That's a great idea!

    I swap a lot of fabric on my blog, Having the button will make it much easier =D

    I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

  5. I think this is a great idea and I'm off to add a fabric trading page to my blog right now.

  6. I just read your last post and I think it's a great idea! I'm in!

  7. I think it's a great idea! And a very useful one too!


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